Everything tastes better covered in teriyaki sauce, so you can imagine how much making it fresh can enhance a dish. This recipe from the Hungry Pigeon in Philadelphia for teriyaki sauce is used to glaze skewers of grilled tuna and shiitake mushrooms.
Cooking the mushrooms before grilling is the key to having them cook at the same time as the fish. You're looking just to sear the tuna and keep it rare in the center, so it should only cook for 2 minutes, not long enough for raw mushrooms. Just make sure you oil the grates of the grill in addition to the skewers to prevent sticking (not a fun way to start a dinner party).
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Grilled Teriyaki Tuna and Mushroom Skewers
Recipe adapted from Scott Schroeder and Pat O'Malley, Hungry Pigeon, Philadelphia, PA
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes, plus cooling time
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes, plus cooling time
For the Teriyaki Sauce:
½ cup soy sauce
¼ cup water, plus ½ tablespoon, divided
2 tablespoons mirin
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
½ tablespoon finely grated orange zest
2 garlic cloves, minced
One 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and grated
For the Skewers:
¼ cup olive oil, divided
14 ounces shiitake mushrooms
Two 1-pound tuna steaks, cut into 2-inch cubes
Bamboo skewers, soaked, for grilling
1. Make the teriyaki sauce: In a medium saucepan, bring the soy sauce, ½ cup of the water, the mirin, brown sugar and granulated. Meanwhile, mix together the remaining 2 tablespoons water with the cornstarch until smooth. Stir into the boiling sauce and stir until thickened, 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining sauce ingredients. Let cool completely.
2. Make the skewers: In a large skillet, heat the 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until softened, but not fully cooked, 5 minutes. Let cool completely.
3. Using bamboo skewers, add 3 pieces of tuna with 3 shiitake caps, alternating between the two. Lay out the skewers on a baking sheet and drizzle with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil.
4. Light a grill. Add the skewers and glaze with some of the teriyaki sauce. Cook, turning as needed, until lightly charred, but still rare in the center, 2 minutes.
5. Transfer to a platter and drizzle with more teriyaki sauce, then serve.